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In the diagnosis, prognosis and treatment of diseases of the middle and internal ear and the mastoid a complete and accurate history of the patient is of greater importance, perhaps, than in diseases of almost any other anatomic structure or function. In this handbook, after giving a brief description of the more important anatomic points, Lake lays emphasis on the points to be brought out in the historytaking, and then describes special symptoms and their import, the bearing of nasal disease on aural disease and the function of hearing, gives in a clear manner the methods of testing the acuteness of hearing and describes the instruments used for this purpose and for the examination of the ear in general. The diseases of the ear and the possible intracranial complications are then described and the treatment indicated.
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Handbook of Diseases of the Ear. For the Use of Students and Practitioners. JAMA. 1910;LIV(18):1461. doi:10.1001/jama.1910.02550440041016
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